In addition to the major courses and other psychology major
requirements and obligations listed in this Handbook, many psychology majors expand their formal training in psychology through various extra-curricular, professional and volunteer activities. These are extremely important in gaining professionally relevant experience and learning to utilize psychological knowledge and skills in an applied fashion. More and more prospective employers and graduate admissions committees are looking for evidence of practical experiences in students' transcripts. Some of the possible experiential opportunities for Hanover students include:
Summer work in psychiatric hospitals, community mental health centers, various social service agencies, and supplemental education centers (Head Start, remedial camps, etc.);
Summer work at the Englishton Park Academic Remediation and Training Center located at Lexington, IN, and affiliated with Purdue University (see Dr. Rawson for details);
Attendance and participation at regional psychological conferences, such as the Indiana Psychological Association, Indiana Academy of Sciences, and the Mid-America Undergraduate Research Conference;
Participation in LINK, a program of voluntary involvement with community underprivileged school children;
Participation in MANASA, volunteer work with Madison State Hospital patients;
Campus employment as Psychology Research, Laboratory or Teaching Assistants, Psychology Department Faculty Assistants or Departmental Tutor, and Student Resident Hall Advisors.